On the same night that Belmond-Klemme boys basketball team had to be suspended for two weeks, the school board heard that attendance has not suffered due to Covid-19.

  “Our attendance is the best it’s ever been in December,” Superintendent Dan Frazier reported. In a written report, Frazier said eight students were absent at both the junior/senior high school and elementary school Dec. 15. That is a absentee rate of two percent. Frazier pointed out that students who are schooling from home due to quarantining are not counted absent.

  “School Nurse Holly Friederich believes that all our precautions, i.e. masks, hand washing, and social distancing, are not only limiting exposure to Covid-19, they are also containing the spread of seasonal colds and flu,” Frazier wrote.

  The superintendent also praised students “who are doing a better job at wearing masks. In September, I would stand in the hallways and remind students to pull their masks up over their noses. I don’t have to do that now,” he said.

  Kaitlin Alfaro, who is the student representative to the school board, added...  Read the entire story in the Belmond Independent.